TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State scored 22 straight points in a dominant first quarter and repelled every Virginia Tech comeback with a long touchdown run the rest of the way, pulling away for a 39-17 win at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday.
The No. 5 Seminoles (5-0, 3-0 ACC) ran for 282 yards, getting 200 from tailback Trey Benson, who had touchdown runs of 62 and 85 yards.
The loss dropped the Hokies to 2-4 and 1-1 in the ACC at the midway point of the season. FSU outgained Virginia Tech 452-313.
The Seminoles shot out of the gates in the first quarter. Quarterback Jordan Travis twice connected with receiver Johnny Wilson for touchdown passes, with running back Lawrence Toafili adding a 28-yard touchdown run to make it 22-0 just 13 minutes in.
Tech flipped the script in the second quarter, getting on the board with a 29-yard John Love field goal after Kyron Drones ripped off a 40-yard run. A 16-play, 70-yard drive that included three fourth-down conversions right before halftime ended with a 5-yard Bhayshul Tuten touchdown run to get the Hokies within 22-10 at the break.
After Florida State outgained Virginia Tech 198-9 in the first quarter, the Hokies outgained the Seminoles 126-1 in the second.
Tuten took the opening kickoff of the second half back 99 yards to get the Hokies within 22-17. It was Tech’s first kick return for a touchdown since Demitri Knowles took one to the house against North Carolina in 2012.
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FSU responded quickly and decisively, getting a 62-yard touchdown run by Benson, who was barely touched as he darted through the Tech defense and up the sideline, making it 29-17.
After the Seminoles went up 32-17 on a field goal, the Hokies threatened to score early in the fourth but got backed up into a fourth-and-22 from the FSU 36. Drones escaped from pressure and made a Herculean effort to get to the sticks but was pushed out a yard short for a turnover on downs.
On the next play, Benson went up the right sideline untouched for an 85-yard touchdown that put the game away.
Up next for the Hokies is their homecoming game vs. Wake Forest on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.
Box Score: No. 5 Florida State 39, Virginia Tech 17